Dec. 9 & 10, 2017

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated next weekend in all services in the Church with individual cups.

Here at St. John Lutheran Church, we believe, teach and confess that the bread and wine we eat and drink at Holy Communion is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus. Jesus is truly present in this meal giving us the benefits He won for us on the cross: forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Holy Communion is also a meal that expresses unity in faith and belief among those who partake in it. Because of this, and because those who eat and drink unworthily do so to their great harm, we ask those of you with us who are guests and visitors to this church to please speak to one of the pastors or elders before communing. Please leave the grape juice for those with special medical needs and have spoken to pastors. Thank you and may God bless you in worship today!
 

ALTAR FLOWERS this weekend are given by Bob and Virginia Wesche in loving memory of Orville and Mildred Wesche and Suzanne Guilde.

 

PORTALS OF PRAYER for January – March are available in the church entranceway.

 

2018 CALENDARS – are available in the south lobby.  The calendars are compliments of the Schaffer Funeral Home.
 
LAY READER—The 2018 Lay Reader schedule will be forthcoming.  If you are interested in becoming a lay reader, please contact the church office by December 18.  sjl@defnet.com or 419-782-5766

 

NOODLES

Noodles will be available after the service in the Lower Hallway. 

 

NO SCHOOL – St. John Lutheran School will be closed during Christmas break from December 20th at 1:00 p.m. until January 2nd. Classes resume January 3rd.

 

SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS – The school Christmas programs will be this afternoon. The preschool will be at 2:00 p.m. and the K – 8 will be at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the programs.

 

SCHIEMANN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE  Please mark your calendar for December 17 from 4:00 –7:00 p.m. for the 2nd annual Schiemann Christmas open house. Pastor Matt and Mary Rose invite you to stop by for some hors d’oeuvres, punch, fellowship and lots of decorations.
 

2018 OFFERING ENVELOPES–If you have an offering envelope higher than 425, you will receive a new offering number for 2018 year. We are trying to conserve and minimize the waste of unused envelopes. Thank you. If you have any questions please contact the church office or you can email: sjl@defnet.com. Thank you to everyone that turned in their “Commitment Cards”; committing to your offering helps us with budgeting for the next year and continues the ministries at St. John. 

 

TIGERS’ DEN NEWS – If you need childcare over Christmas break, the Tigers’ Den will be open from 6:00 – 6:00 p.m. They will be closed December 25th and January 1st.

 

YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL

There will be NO Youth Sunday School Christmas Eve. (December 24th)
 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

“Ring the Bell” at the Mall to support Ravens Care.  This ministry is supported by the local churches. Please call the church office if you are interested in ringing the bell.  Times available are:  Friday, December 15, 6:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 23, 10:00-2:00 p.m.

Red Kettle Drive at Wal-Mart to support Salvation Army.  They need bell ringers November 24-December 23. If you would like to volunteer between 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, please call Joe Keween at 419-439-2066. Donations stay right here in our community to help those in need in various ways. Spread the Christmas joy!
 
EARLY DISMISSAL – St. John Lutheran School will be dismissing on December 20th at 1 p.m. If you are in need of childcare, the Tigers’ Den will be able to help you out. 
 

SNOW REMOVAL – If you are interested in removing snow from our parking lots, please call the church office 419-782-5766.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS

 

December 13            Return wrapped Angel Tree presents to church office
December 17           4:00-7:00 p.m.   Schiemann Open House

December 20          7:30 p.m.   Senior Choir Christmas Concert

December 24          9:30 a.m.   Traditional Worship Service

                           5:00 p.m.   Family Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

                           6:30 p.m.   Family Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

                          10:30 p.m.   Senior Choir Christmas Concert

December 25         10:00 a.m.   Christmas Day Service with Communion

December 30          6:30 p.m.   New Year’s Service with Communion

December 31          9:30 a.m.   Traditional Service with Communion

                          11:00 a.m.   Contemporary Service with Communion
 
 
ATTENDANCE
December 9 & 10, 2017 
6:30 p.m.               90
8:00 a.m.              81
9:30 a.m.              143
11:00 a.m.           107
                            Total: 421